'They want you to fear them': Waleed Aly calls for unity against ISIS in viral video

Host of Channel Ten's The Project, Waleed Aly, has called for people to unite in the face of the Paris attacks, for which Islamic State, also known as ISIL, has claimed credit.

The Project's Waleed Aly.

The Project's Waleed Aly. Source: Facebook

In a video that have been viewed more than 11 million times on Facebook and gone viral around the world, Aly spoke passionately against ISIS and call for people to stick together in the face of fear.

"ISIL's weak. I know it doesn't look like that now, but it's the truth," he said.


He said there was "a reason ISIL want to appear so powerful, why they dont want to acknowledge the land they control has been taken from weak enemies".

"ISIL don't want you to know they would quickly be crushed if they ever had to face an army on a real battlefield," Aly said.

"They want you to fear them. They want to get angry and for all of us to become hostile."

Aly said ISIS' strategy was to split the world into two camps: Muslims and the rest, eventually forcing Muslims to believe the only option was for them to support ISIS.

"We know this, because they told us. Last year they declared: 'There is no gray zone in this crusade against the Islamic State...the world has split into two encampments, one for the people of faith, the other for the people of disbelief, all in preparation for the final great war'.

"They want to start World War III - a global war between Muslims and everyone else. They want societies like France and here in Australia to turn on each other."

Aly called for people to reject ISIS' strategy and stand together.

"We're all feeling a million raging emotions right now - I am angry at these terrorists, I'm sickened by the violence and I'm crushed for the families that have been left behind, but I won't be manipulated.

"We all need to come together...because it's exactly what ISIL doesn't want.

"So if you're a member of parliament, or a has been member of parliament preaching hate at a time when what we need is more love, you're helping ISIL, they have told us that.

"If you're a Muslim leader telling your people they have no place here...you're helping ISIL, they have told us that.

"Or if you're just someone with a Facebook or Twitter account firing off misguided missives of hate, you're helping ISIL, they've told us that.

"And I'm pretty sure that right now, none of us wants to help these bastards."

Aly's wife Susan Carland also made headlines in the last few days when she announced she was donating $1 to UNICEF for every hate tweet she received.

She told Fairfax Media within two weeks of making the announcement she had had to donate $1000.

After Aly's speech on Monday night's show, social media users widely welcomed his views:

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Published 17 November 2015 at 9:44am
Source: SBS News